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Through the Gate Transfer Study

Timeline: 2016-2019

Through the Gate


Overview

Research shows an impending shortage of baccalaureate holders in California, and the Vision for Success includeds goals for dramatically improving students' transfer outcomes.

Who is transfering, who is not, and for what reasons? What can be done to facilitate this transition for significantly more students whose course-taking shows they are close to their transfer goal? We are exploring these questions in two phases of research:

Phase 1: Mapping the Transfer Landscape (2016 – 2018)

Quantitative research to understand the transfer landscape, determining: (1) how many students in California arrived at or near the transfer gate, but did not go through, and (2) who they are and where they reside

Phase 2: Getting Better Directions (2019)

Qualitative research with students who are ready or nearly prepared to transfer to understand what factors impact their journey and how policy and practice might change to propel them through the transfer gate

Take Action

Apply the Through the Gate study methodology to inform equity planning and Guided Pathways development — determining which student groups are getting stuck and at what points strategic, systematic support can strengthen their transfer success.

Use the methodology to find high-leverage learners who are stuck near and at the transfer gate found in Mapping the Transfer Landscape for California Community College, Appendix D.

Read about how colleges are applying the methodology in a recent RP Group Perspectives.

Have your own example? Contact Dr. Kristen Fong, Project Director, kfong@rpgroup.org.

Kelley Karandjeff, EdM

Andrew Kretz, PhD

Alyssa Nguyen, MA

Kay Nguyen, EdD

Tim Nguyen, The RP Group

Rogéair D. Purnell-Mack, PhD

Eva Schiorring, MPP

Dr. Greg Aycock
Dean of Institutional Effectiveness, Norco College

Dr. Rachel Baker
Assistant Professor, School of Education, University of California, Irvine

Dr. Loren Blanchard
Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs, California State University Chancellor's Office

Dr. Sonya Christian
President, Bakersfield College

Debra David
Give Students a Compass Program Director (Emeritus), California State University Chancellor's Office

Beth Freedman
Health Education Department Chair, Metro Academy of Health Coordinator, City College of San Francisco

Dr. Janet Fulks
Biology Faculty, Bakersfield College

Marie Harris
Dean of Instruction, Reedley College

Dr. Kathy Hart
Superintendent/President, San Joaquin Delta College

Mainou Her
Transfer and Career Counselor, College of the Sequoias

Dr. Ellen Junn
President, California State University, Stanislaus

Dr. Frank Lamas
Vice President of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management, California State University, Fresno

Debra Louie
Counselor/Professor, San Joaquin Delta College

Dr. Shari McMahan
Provost, California State University, San Bernardino

Kathy Molloy
Guided Pathways Project Director, The RP Group

Mariana Moreno
Transfer Center Coordinator, Crafton Hills College

David Nguyen
Student, University of California Los Angeles; Founder and Director, CC2PhD

Bob Quinn
Transfer and Articulation Specialist, California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office

Jessie Ryan
Executive Vice President, Campaign for College Opportunity

Dr. Jennifer Vega La Serna
Vice President of Instruction, College of the Sequoias

Dr. John Stanskas
Vice President, Academic Senate for California Community Colleges
Chemistry Faculty, San Bernardino Valley College

Dr. James Todd
Assistant Superintendent / Vice President of Instruction and Planning, Modesto Junior College

Dr. Andrea Venezia
Executive Director, EdInsights Center
Associate Professor, Public Policy and Administration, California State University, Sacramento

Dr. Lisa Wilkins
Vice President of Student Services, San Joaquin Delta College

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Resources

Mapping the Transfer Landscape for California Community College Students, Through the Gate Transfer Study, Technical Report, November 2017
Full technical report detailing findings on "high-leverage learners" who are "near" or "at" the transfer gate (having completed most or all of their transfer requirements); provides (1) a synopsis of prior research focused on increasing transfer success in California and beyond; (2) an overview of the “transfer continuum” — a new framework that recognizes transfer as a journey that a diverse and varied group of students undertake; (3) methodology for identifying students near the gate, at the gate, and those who achieve transfer; and (4) key findings on these “transfer-bound” students, including understanding the role of gender, race/ethnicity, and region in their transfer journey.

Mapping the Transfer Landscape for California Community Colleges, Through the Gate Transfer Study, Research Brief 1, October 2017
Key findings on “high-leverage learners” who are “near” or “at” the transfer gate (having completed most or all of their transfer requirements); quantifies how many students made it near, at, or through the gate over a recent five-year period; explores who they are, where they reside, and what the data say about leverage points for increasing transfer success.

Mapping the Transfer Landscape for California Community Colleges Quick Facts (Handout), October 2017
Printable two-sided 8.5” x 11” infographic displaying quick facts on high-leverage learners who are “near” or “at” the transfer gate and comparing them to transfer achievers who made it “through” the gate to university.

Mapping the Transfer Landscape for California Community Colleges Quick Facts (Poster), October 2017
Printable 12” x 24” poster displaying quick facts on high-leverage learners who are “near” or “at” the transfer gate and comparing them to transfer achievers who made it “through” the gate to university.

Through the Gate Transfer Study Project Description
Overview of research purpose and approach; includes highlights from Phase I of the study, focused on mapping the landscape for high-leverage learners who are at or near the transfer gate.

News and Events

Join the RP Group for an interactive session on our latest Through the Gate Transfer study findings:

RP Conference 2019
Presentation | Wednesday, April 3 | 1:20 - 2:35 pm
 

Actions

Details

  • Focus Populations: Transfer-bound students
  • Status: Current
  • Contact: Dr. Kristen Fong, Project Director, kfong@rpgroup.org

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